Lynn, 61, was sentenced in July to 3 to 6 years in state prison after a jury concluded he endangered children by not removing a known sexual predator from a Northeast Philadelphia parish in the 1990s. His conviction, following a three-month trial, marked the first for a Catholic church supervisor for covering up or enabling clergy sex-abuse.
Lynn's lawyers argued that he poses no public danger or flight risk, has deep local roots, and has a better-than-average chance to win his appeal.
Prosecutors have disputed that argument and contended that freeing him on appeal amounted to unfair special treatment.
One of Lynn's lawyers, Thomas Bergstrom, said Thursday that his defense team would "explore its options," which could include appealing to the state's highest court.
"We are not about giving up," Bergstrom said.
According to state prison records, Lynn is imprisoned at a correctional institution in Waymart, north of Scranton.
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